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Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) - Public and Private Law - Brighton Covering Sussex and Surrey

Brighton, East Sussex
£41,550 - £46,332 + £4,000 Joining Incentive
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Full Time
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We are recruiting for the role of Family Court Adviser (Social Worker) - Public and Private Law - Brighton in our team covering the Sussex and Surrey area.


In addition to the salary and other excellent benefits we offer, successful candidates will receive a joining incentive which we like to call a ‘Golden Hello’ - of £4,000. You can find out further information about this incentive prior to applying for the role.


We trust and empower colleagues to work in a hybrid way, providing the resources, equipment, and support, so that individually and collectively, we can be the voice of children and young people when the family court makes critical decisions about their futures.


Whilst this role is part of a team based from our office in Brightonour teams work flexibly and remotely, your proximity to the office doesn’t always have to be a critical consideration.


We are a diverse, inclusive organisation that is a safe space for colleagues with shared aspects of identity and lived experience, which helps ensure we provide a service which promotes the diversity and uniqueness of children and families from all backgrounds. We especially welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds as we strive to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of the children and families we work with.


We provide extensive wellbeing support for colleagues, as well as excellent benefits, all of which we hope encourages you to join us.


Let us tell you a bit more about the role…


Working in the Public and Private Law team, Family Court Advisers are involved in a combination of cases where either the families require the assistance to agree on the best arrangements for the welfare and safety of the child(ren) involved or the local authority has serious concerns and requests the involvement of Cafcass in the case. Family Court Advisers are typically involved in undertaking direct work with children, gaining their views and wishes and representing these to the court via written reports and giving evidence and advocating for arrangements that are in the best interests of the child(ren) involved.


… and what we’re looking for.


Being a Family Court Adviser is very rewarding – but it’s not for everyone. You must be a Social Work England registered social worker who’s organised, resilient and able to work independently. Confident in your abilities, you’ll have demonstrable experience of working with children and families over a sustained period as a Social Worker, potentially supplemented from relevant experience from earlier in your career also.


You can find out more about the above - and much more - before you apply and we also recommend you read the job description.


Next steps/timelines


If and when you are ready to apply, our application process is straightforward and quick to complete. You don’t need to complete your application in a single visit, you can start it and come back and amend your responses / update your CV, just make sure you come back before the closing date to submit.


Below we have given you an indication of a timetable we are hoping to work towards, although dates are subject to change.


 Closing date:

Sunday 16 June 2024     

 Initial interview:         

W/C Monday 24 June 2024

 Final Interview:

W/C Monday 01 July 2024


We understand that starting a new role is a big decision, and you may require further information before applying.  You can find out more about the role in the Job Description and there is a wealth of information about Cafcass on our Cafcass Careers page.


If you wish to speak with a member of the team for more specific information you can either contact Anisa Awan from our HR Resourcing team if your query is HR related or to do with the recruitment process, or Alice Smith if your questions relate more to the role, providing your contact information and best times / methods to get hold of you.


Whilst we will always try and respond a.s.a.p. we wouldn’t want you to miss the closing date before we are able to. If this is the case, we recommend you apply and as part of your application you can ask questions, and this may allow us to contact you and provide you with the required information that will help you decide if you still wish to be considered.


Finally, in anticipation of your application being successful, you might want to read about the offer and pre-employment checks process. As part of your application you can highlight any concerns or questions about the pre-employment checks and we encourage all applicants to do so, safe in the knowledge such information will not be shared with individuals involved in the selection process.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-engagement checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Further information on what the assessment covers can be found by viewing the Cafcass DBS policy.


Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. We put children’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting, and that decisions are made in their best interests. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000) and under the rules and directions of the family courts, we are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.

Our duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. Our experienced Family Court Advisers may be asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what we consider to be the best interests of the children involved in three main areas:

  • divorce and separation, sometimes called ‘private law’, where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children
  • care proceedings, sometimes called ‘public law’, where social services have serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a child
  • adoption, which can be either public or private law.
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